Spirit

Your Authentic Life

Your Authentic Life

Both physical health and happiness arise when our spiritual needs are fulfilled. Spiritual well-being comes from the journey through which we find, connect with, and surrender to the Divine. As you discover your true purpose, you bring authenticity to the world. You live with fluidity, joy, and an entirely new level of well-being. Read More »

Sustainable Lifestyle

Earth Guardian Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardian Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

I define courage as being able to look over circumstances we’re placed in and be able to fight to create the things we want. The biggest challenge we face is shifting humanity’s consciousness from not “saving the planet.” The planet doesn’t need saving. We do. Read More »

Yoga

Yoga in the Garden

Yoga in the Garden

Nature provides for us all the elements we need to experience a fulfilling yoga practice: Walking on the earth in our bare feet on the way to the mat, stepping on natural elements like stone pavers interlaced with soft groundcovers, breathing in fresh air, feeling the breeze on our necks, and feeling warm life-giving sun on our faces. Read More »

Community

High Desert Conservation

High Desert Conservation

Here is your guide to giving back to L.A.’s increasingly popular high desert as you allow what the poet Wendell Berry called “the peace of wild things” to flow into your soul in this treasure of the American Southwest. Read More »

Travel

Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Many cultures recognize something special and mystic happening from October 31 to November 2. Some say the veil between worlds is thinnest that time of year, so that the living can visit with the dead. Read More »

Art

TO BE OF USE

TO BE OF USE

To be of use is more than problem-solving; it shares the same purpose as art, no matter its form: to marry what is with what can be, to forge dream into reality and circumstance back into dream. Read More »

Metaphysics

It’s All in Your Dreams

It’s All in Your Dreams

The Founding Fathers of America didn’t create the Intention of Independence; they created the Declaration of Independence, and thus a new world was born. Set a dream declaration (an intention on steroids) before going to sleep, as you meditate, or writing in your journal (i.e. “Tonight I will remember my dreams.”) Read More »

Wellness

Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost

A much publicized study by the University of California-Davis’ Olive Center found that more than two-thirds of imported oils labeled extra virgin, the highest possible grade, failed to meet the extra virgin legal requirements. Read More »

Spirit

Ignite Your Goddess Power!

Ignite Your Goddess Power!

The true keystone of committing to yourself is very simple: Learn to love all of who you are, flaws and all. You commit to yourself to the same extent that you are willing to release the past and any ideas that you are holding that you “should” be different than you are at this moment. Our deepest healing occurs when we learn to be our own best friend, companion, and cheerleader. Read More »

Sustainable Lifestyle

Clean Bay Certified Restaurants

Clean Bay Certified Restaurants

Certifying restaurants is important, because an average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water every year, and throws out 150,000 pounds of garbage. Read More »

Yoga

The Mind is the Answer

The Mind is the Answer

By turning my own mind-body-sense complex into a laboratory for experimenting with the truth, I discovered that a great number of undesirable concepts and attachments are hiding out in the dark recesses of our unconscious minds. And like some anonymous internet hacker halfway around the world, these mischievous evil-doers seem to revel in compromising our ability to see accurately. Read More »

Community

Magic in the Kitchen with Chef D

Magic in the Kitchen with Chef D

We all know the proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” In Derek’s teaching kitchen, those words have never been more powerfully apropos. When students with “multiple barriers to employment” learn how to cook an exceptional fish, they not only can feed thousands, they can attain their own sustainable career and self-worth for a lifetime. Read More »

Travel

SWIMMING with the SHARKS

SWIMMING with the SHARKS

The species I encountered was the Galapagos shark. On my first dive, there were 50 sharks and on my second there were 27. Ramsey taught us how to swim with our snorkels amongst these amazing and peaceful creatures. Read More »

Art

Missy Galore

Missy Galore

Fittingly, Galore has performed at the Burning Man festival—a listen to Shamanatrix is like a 15-minute vacation to the Black Rock Desert, far from conventions, violence and political warfare. Read More »

Metaphysics

Taking Control of Your Life

Taking Control of Your Life

In January, we are entering the year 2017 (2+0+1+7= 10, then reduce down to a single digit, 1+0=1) which breaks down to the number 1. Read More »

Wellness

Sound Is Powerful Medicine

Sound Is Powerful Medicine

These days, skilled practitioners are using sound for everything from stress and pain relief to remedying sleep disorders and assisting the dying. Read More »

Spirit

The Wild Feminine in Summer

The Wild Feminine in Summer

Yoga and wild spirituality share the same objective; to seek out any barriers to freedom and remove them. In a woman’s life, many obstacles to her spiritual liberation come from an internalized belief that we are static creatures meant to be even-keeled and always predictable. Read More »

Sustainable Lifestyle

The Buzz on the Bees -- 10 Years Later

The Buzz on the Bees -- 10 Years Later

Documentaries usually have a shelf life but I tell people that our film is still alive because the bees are unfortunately still dying. Today, the systemic pesticides involved in CCD, are not only killing bees, but also native birds, butterflies, and bats. Read More »

Yoga

NO BARRIER TO ENTRY

NO BARRIER TO ENTRY

This is where the beauty, efficiency, and art of Kundalini Yoga comes in. You don’t have to look good in spandex coordinates, you don’t have to be in any particular physical shape, you can wear jeans, you can do it at your desk, you can do something for three minutes, there is literally NO BARRIER TO ENTRY. Read More »

Community

A Bodhi Tree Grows

A Bodhi Tree Grows

“One of the guiding mottos when envisioning Bodhi’s new form was to find a way to create an appealing balance drawn from the Transcen­dentalist’s values of wisdom, beauty, and truth.” Read More »

Travel

Where to Go for Premium Stargazing – with Some Out of This World Eats

Where to Go for Premium Stargazing – with Some Out of This World Eats

Heading north and a short distance inland from the coast, Lake Casitas also affords dark skies away from city lights. The recreation area has its own NASA-accredited astronomer and a large viewing telescope. Camping at the lake is one option for an overnight stay. Read More »

Art

The (not so) Little Book of Surprises

The (not so) Little Book of Surprises

The pieces in the book have a familiar sense about them; they speak to our inner wisdom. Hade has an uncanny ability to put into words the wisdom of the mystics, reminding us of our capacity for spiritual transformation. Read More »

Metaphysics

Yogananda Explains Resurrection

Yogananda Explains Resurrection

"You cannot remain at a standstill. You must either go forward or backward. That is a great and inspiring truth, that in life you cannot remain stationary.” Read More »

Wellness

Mom ~ 5 Ways to Show Up for Yourself

Mom ~ 5 Ways to Show Up for Yourself

You deserve to be nourished and honored as the radically capable and loving woman you are – and you’re just the person for the job. Read More »

Spirit

It's not a trade, it's an offering

It's not a trade, it's an offering

I believe there’s a simple and immediate way to empowerment: look inside yourself and tap into your place of “radical generosity”—make an offering! Read More »

Travel

Livin’ Healthy in the Big Easy:

Livin’ Healthy in the Big Easy:

For a uniquely New Orleanian fitness experience, join the local “Move Ya Brass” running group for a free Monday night run, or take the beginner-friendly cardio class “Bounce Ya Brass” in Crescent Park. Local musician Robin Barnes founded the running group and Brass classes. Read More »

Film

Film - Inez Milholland

Film - Inez Milholland

This year the U.S. is on the verge of electing its first woman president and making the dream of Inez and thousands and thousands of other suffragists worth their suffering and their sacrifices. Read More »

Wellnes

Healthy Living in Southern California

Healthy Living in Southern California

Many people tend to think of advances in medicine as only those that are high-tech and expensive, such as a new drug, laser, or surgical procedure. They often have a hard time be­lieving that something as simple as comprehensive lifestyle changes can make such a powerful difference in our lives—but they often do. Read More »

Film

Film — Fatima

Film — Fatima

Fatima is a glimpse into the challenges of all of their lives, nut particularly the mother’s. She faces discrimination for wearing a headscarf, is studying French but hasn’t mastered it, works exhausting hours at menial jobs, and as if all this weren’t enough, suffers a physical injury. Read More »

Music

Dietrich Strause

Dietrich Strause

Strause’s thoughtful musings on our country’s troubled times may have been better appreciated 50 years ago—or even 20—but he’s hoping there’s still an audience for quietly devastating music like his. We hope so, too. Read More »

Spirit

Finding Home

Finding Home

My journey entailed the discovery of our true nature that dwells within each one of us and how that enlightened consciousness navigates our given life thereafter. Read More »

Film

Film — Seed

Film — Seed

"Seed" painstakingly but entertainingly takes us through the history of seeds, showing us their beauty in myriad shapes and colors. You owe it to yourself to see this film so that, if nothing else, you can appreciate their gorgeous diversity, as well as how threatened they truly are. Read More »

Music

Kaia Kater New Release

Kaia Kater New Release

Some of Kater’s lyrics were inspired by the works of author Toni Morrison, and like "Beloved" or "Song of Solomon," "Nine Pin" transports its audience to a very specific time and place. Turn it on and you can practically see the bluegrass and Appalachian hills. Read More »

Film

Dying to Know

Dying to Know

Beautifully edited, Dying to Know weaves together archival footage and stills of the two icons together and individually, with more recent footage of Ram Dass and reflections by friends and admirers celebrated in their own right, What emerges is a stunning portrait of two brilliant men. Read More »

Spirit

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness Meditation

Taking a few minutes to relax and center yourself can help keep you focused for the rest of the day. Read More »

Yoga

Make Your Yoga Sustainable

Make Your Yoga Sustainable

Joint pain, dizziness and cramps are common complaints, especially among beginning yogis who don’t know what level of discomfort, if any, might be appropriate. At the same time, it can be confusing when a teacher says, “Find your edge,” or “Breathe into discomfort.” Read More »

Music

Album Review: Barrule

Album Review: Barrule

While many of the songs’ meanings are difficult to decipher, the group does touch upon modern, universal themes. On “High Net Worth Individuals,” Barrule lampoons greedy, power-hungry businessmen—something American voters are dealing with this election cycle. Read More »

Music

Album Review: Sukha

Album Review: Sukha

Rise never flags in its efforts to get the listener up and moving, appreciative and ready for the day or night ahead. Read More »

Wellness

The Watermelon Sex Cure

The Watermelon Sex Cure

This succulent red produce contains lycopene, beta carotene and the new darling of the bedroom, citrulline. Read More »

Art

Atlantos

Atlantos

[Maxwell has] taken all her favorite “mysteries of the universe”—civilizations lost to the Great Flood; unexplained missing links in human evolution; evidence of ancient extraterrestrial visitation on Earth and Mars—and set them against the havoc technology is currently wreaking on the natural world, weaving the whole into a sprawling, character-driven epic family saga. Read More »